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're not relevant in russia or china. look, he has screwed up the foreign policy. i am not even sure what his foreign policy is, we draw a red line for syria that they cross twice. >> do you know what your foreign policy is? what is your alternative foreign policy? >> in what respect -- >> i listen to krauthammer, who granted is a smart guy. he understands his role very well, but is not an expert on the middle east. >> pull the funding. >> here you got the conservatives, some conservatives and liberals staying very quiet about this. and not be willing to stand up with obama on this. nobody wants to take that money away from the generals, because they did the one thing that y'all wanted, which was get rid of the brotherhood. and that is why mubarak is out of jail, because those were his people. >> we put the muslim brotherhood -- >> we put them in power? >> yeah, we did, we funded them. we didn't want mubarak, so we funded -- >> the arab spring, there were a lot of different quarters. i do agree that some people have come back around and said now looking back, hindsight is 20/20, we should hav
on the same show. so, let's rejoin the conversation for a look at obama's foreign policy. >> going to go to brian now. about president obama's successes in foreign policy. >> can you spell egypt? >> you guys could spare with me, i'm going to read them all. just one second. >> gets a little boring. >> got it here somewhere. >> who got gadhafi? which one got bin laden? >> we doept have any successes to speak of, disasters to reflect on. the latest one is egypt. i have an idea. i'm pretending to cut off aid i've already given, so i'm going to think about doing it. wait a second, senator leahy says quietly, democrat, quietly, we've already taken a portion and denied them this. really? the white house says we have not made the decision. other democrats don't know they've made the decision. this is a little philosophical, tom. if you cut off aid and don't tell anyone, does anyone hear it? >> what the problem is what you're referring to. we're trying to play it both ways. we don't want to make anybody mad. the problem is this is a war and we have a war, last time i checked, we have a war agains
's diplomatic reporter, joining us for a discussion about u.s. foreign- policy challenges, particularly focusing on syria and egypt and the middle east in general. we will start with a look at a headline this morning -- obama reviews response options in attack to syria -- this is the "washington post" headline. the president met yesterday with his national security team. what are they trying to figure out? they're trying to figure out how they could respond to this redline issue with. . the president has come out and said the use of chemical weapons would be the crossing of the red line and that would suggest or that was red in the media here in washington as a warning from president obama that the use of chemical weapons would trigger some kind of surgical military strike by the united states. they are debating, i think, what to do. is it time for the united states to do some kind of military strike or how could they talk their way out of not doing that and telling the international community we can move forward with our syria policy even if chemical weapons are being used. host: given the defi
the government's activities or are we really coming in late here? >> certainly the critics of u.s. foreign policy in the region who have advocated for stronger u.s. intervention, among them some of the u.s.' closest allies have been saying this is a little too late. that the united states, as we heard, has been waiting since the conflict now has reached 100,000 people, has touched every country in the region. effectively neighboring syria. that why wasn't more international pressure done to put an end to the assad regime's killing machine. there has been very sharp criticism over u.s. policy. but the other thing to keep in mind is that the region is very fatigued and mistrusts u.s. intentions when it comes to military interventions in any country. that is a double-edged sword that is used by both sides in the debate as we mentioned. the syrian government is using this as an example of how the u.s. wants to control the region. certainly a lot of people even here in egypt are saying that they reject any type of u.s. intervention against another arab country given the fact that the country and the r
that the united states would reveal more information in the coming days. foreign policy magazine now beginning to put out the information that american as they say spies, cia is the implication, had picked up telephone calls taking place one week ago between syrian generals in the military, and syrian generals who control the stockpile of chemical weapons speaking back and forth about what has happened. what have we done? or what has this done? has there been a launch of some sort? so that is a critical -- piece of information. this is a foreign policies magazine statement that indicates within the syrian military, there was some confusion, and angst over what took place and who might have authorized it. all of this leading to a lot more tension on the ground. >> the un inspectors are back on the ground today. the first time they left their hotel, they were shot at. what about today? >> today they are being protected by rebel forces, and they are back on the ground in the region a little bit east of downtown damascus where the worse of the chemical weapons attacks took place. so they are doing
, on privacy, and on foreign policy, then issue its interim report on this technology by october and a final report by december. question, how would you describe president obama's change of position since june when he said, quote unquote, the right balance was struck between privacy and security and his new reform. balance them both out r. the president's views regarding privacy evolving, or is this a massive presidential about turn, a flip-flop? ellen. >> i don't think president obama wanted to be the democratic president that expanded the national security state, and the various disclosures that have come out since he made those initial statements in june saying he was okay with the balance has indicated that the, you know, spying, if you will, on americans is more widespread than we all initially thought. and so i think he's open to reigning this in. those are all reasonable steps you outlined. i imagine congress is looking at a way. but i still think he's not going to back away from basically continuing the programs that his predecessor put in place because of the times we live in and th
and candidate often mocked the foreign policy of president george w. bush. but as president himself, obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy folies and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarrassing consequences.% . former egyptian president hosni mubarak, president obama helped force him from power more than two years ago, today was ordered to be released from prison by an egyptian court. to be released within 48 hours. mubarak's release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. it follows the ouster of the muslim brotherhood from power and mr. obama's president of choice, mohamed morsi. the violent and deadly clashes between the military-run government and muslim brotherhood and, in fact, -- have backed protest to the wall and they are responding. continuing with violence and all likelihood this friday when morsi supporters reportedly will conduct what they call a day of martyrs. and no relief for president obama in syria either. assad opposition forces claiming more than 1,000 civilians were killed ain chemical gas attacks today on the outski
conservative foreign policy roots that they think were highjacked by you the neoconservatives after 9/11. newt gingrich had been very supportive of neoconservative foreign policy principles and policies but recently said that the iraq war and other failures in foreign policy behoove the republicans to ask hard questions like those posed by senator paul. you see this in the lead up to the presidential race in 2016, a real determination by some in the republican party to try to take the party back. >> you mentioned vice president biden seems solidly behind a strike on syria. let's listen to what he said on tuesday. >> the president believes and i believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable. >> consulting congress does not seem to be on the top of his agenda now. back when he was running for vice president in 2007, he had something very different to say when president bush was talking about possibly attacking iran because of its nuclear weapons program. >> if he takes us to war in iran without congressional approval,
of the goals of any administration is in foreign policy avoid unwinnable situations. now, from the beginning president obama was a trying to differentiate his foreign policy from his predecessors. how might his differentiation contribute to the unwinnable situation that he faces right now? >> it's not so much as differentiation that's led to the situation. at the beginning when he first became president, he reached out to the world, as he said, with an open hand hoping that the world in return, particularly in some of these more difficult countries, that there would not be a clenched fist against him. unfortunately, the people with whom he was communicating that message don't believe in the power of words, they believe in the power of action and they have no come pungs of killing their own people in large numbers, as we are seeing in syria. butt the trap the president set almost for is one, bashar al assad has to go and, two, there's a red line with chemical weapons. that politically meant a commitment that he painted himself into a corn corn and now we find out if he doesn't respond, assad
using this need to get the utmost of its relations. >> with our new foreign-policy, it will be a well-balanced relationship between egypt and the other major powers. china, russia, the u.s.. we already understand that concentrating on a given country is not good. >> the african union tries to negotiate with little success. egypt has clashed publicly with over what it sees as undue interference. these are tiring times, and worrying, too. >> it has been adopted in tunisia, libya, and the entire world is watching closely, the developments in egypt. >> the operator of the crippled fukushima nuclear plant says workers need help to stabilize and safely decommissioned damaged reactors. two more storage tanks had been found to be leaking radioactive water. it has been building up ever since the 2011 senomyx regard a triple meltdown. we talked to frightened nearby residents. >> since the accident, the residents have never had time to ease their minds from radiation fears. they fought to reassure safety of their products and displaced residents dreamed of returning to their homes. but contamina
documented just been published by "foreign policy" magazine today. the cia knew all this was happening in iran and iraq as it was happening. "iraq had begun using nerve agents on the al basra front. if iraq starts using nerve agents in large quantities, day rain will have to rethink its war strategy. iran's human wave tactics are susceptible to nerve agent attacks. if iran does not achieve a major military victory by this winter, it probably will not be able to those iranians would probably suffer morale problems and likely to flee the battlefield. so said the cia. all of these documents from 1983, 1984, when these attacks were happening showing the u.s. government, the reagan administration, then, knew it was happening. they knew iraq was using chemical weapons, even nerve gas in its war against iran, but the u.s. government did not say anything about it. remember, in that war, the united states picked sides. we picked iraq. between iran and iraq, we picked iraq. when iran went to the united nations to say, hey, the iraqis are bombing us with mustard gas and nerve agents, isn't the wo
to the obama administration foreign-policy, international outrage is growing over the latest reports of chemical weapons used by the syrian government. joining us now, retired four-star army general, former army vice chief of staff, also fox news military analyst. let's turn first if we may to this confusing series of remarks by the state department in which they have one moment having acknowledged that they believe that there is chemical weapons available to president assad, he has used them and within moments the spokesperson saying that they don't know whether he has them and doubt that he does. even as the president says he is a signing that question to our intelligence agencies. >> that is a stunning revelation the fact of the matter is that the international community has verified that he has chemical weapons and also that he has used them in the past in this conflict against the rebels. and it appears at least looking and videos and all the other empirical data it's out there that he probably has used them here in a place called gouda, a suburb of damascus. these were fired by
.s. foreign policy and egypt later. the headline this morning -- from the region, this is "an associated press rick port -- and associated per -- this is an "associated press" report -- calls to oklahoma, -- calls, davis is on our -- fact two back to calls. davis is on our republican line in oklahoma. caller: i worked as a systems analyst in the transitional. between -- in the transitional period between the 1960s and 2000. the word "job" is becoming an anachronism. i urge them to plan a lifetime of contracting, as contractors. groundswellogical we are living through now is ,ust the beginning of a time when the key to success is not the job you have but what you can do. is ill-equipped to respond on the short term to these lightning quick changes in technology. we have a lot of thinking to do as a society about how to build a workforce that can be stable in this world of constant change. host: you mentioned this idea of being a contractor. inherenta certain instability? if you look, in comparison, to somebody who is an actor who is essentially a contractor from , is there an instability you
is leaning toward noninvolvement. the trajectory of his life, the focus of foreign-policy aspirations, the reality of where the u.s. is right now. the attempt to give it the focus of u.s. foreign policy away from the middle east towards the pacific, towards asia, where he grew up in indonesia and hawaii. this has been his lifelong trajectory, and i think his instinct is to not get involved in another war in this part of the world. >> only one person needs to be convinced of chemical weapons. vladimir putin. obama has made himself irrelevant. russia's foreign minister speaking off, calling for dialogue, urging for authorities to cooperate with weapons inspectors. the office also putting out statements like this one. we believe it calls for some european countries to put pressure on the un security council. the use of force is unacceptable. >> the russian game is now a bit complicated. it has been said that they are bucking the regime, which is true. but this question is not very clear what they are expecting. they probably won't accept intervention from the u.s. or the europeans. at th
. this is a mess. the saddest part is it's a mess that foreign policy experts and analysts predicted two years ago. turkey has been begging for our intervention -- >> why isn't turkey intervening itself? for a very good reason. because they know if they intervene, there's no way for them to get out and they have unrest at home. the turkish people don't support intervention. we need to ask why our allies aren't intervening. >> the turkish -- >> one at a time. >> there's evidence that they used chemical weapons on a very large scale and i think that action is imminent. b when i say we have to wait to see what the president does, we are not in the situation room where we look at the intelligence. i have been there and i'm not going to second guess what the president is going to do because he is looking at the evidence and we're not. >> the president has changed his red line three times the first red line was moving or using chemical weapons around. the second was using chemical weapons. the third red line that we just heard in the interview with chris cuomo was using chemical weapons in a mass scale.
about the united states' right and ability to make our own foreign policy decisions that are in our national security interests. let me read a brief segment of the foreign secretary statement. he said the united states are able to make their own decisions, of course. we will remain closely coordinated and in close touch with them as we are every day. i speak to my counterpart of day and have done so this evening. so of course they will be able to make their own decisions, but we will continue tore determined the world should reject the use of chemical weapons and the united kingdom has a role to play in that. we certainly welcome the role the united kingdom has to play in that. >> just to bounce off roberta's question, is there a concern about waiting too long that delays could make the mission more complicated? if you wait until after the g20 visit, for example, have you given the syrians plenty of time to position themselves for any kind of response that might come. what about that concern? >> you have heard the president talk about in other settings outside of the situation in sy
the foreign policy spotlight turn back on this president. if i could start with a story. imagine i go over to your house, toure, and i see in the front yard amazing gardening, beautiful orange trees blossoming. it is beautiful. >> that's the way it is. >> then i walk into the house and it's falling apart. it's decrepit. i'm going to walk away from that experience not saying toure is a great gardener, but his house is all messed up. >> that's not very nice, ari. >> it's not even fair. >> why does it have to be toure's house? >> it always is. when you look at this, i don't think there's any doubt we have a jobs crisis, much of which predated him coming into office. it remains the fundamental issue, whatever your politics are. if you're a normal person living a normal life, that's what we're worried about, this economy. yet, i will say we have a president here who's had a tremendously successful run on foreign policy. we see it again in the fact that there's a basic bipartisan trust of him, even on syria, a difficult issue. if you run through the numbers, he caught bin laden, he managed the a
much. >> meanwhile, european union foreign policy chief has asked for an immediate and thorough investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria. ashton said their deployment by either side was totally unacceptable. >> she was speaking as eu foreign ministers had gathered for an emergency meeting on the power struggle in egypt. here's more in brussels. >> the eu originally called the extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation in egypt, but the news from serious jumped to the top of the agenda. ministers described the allegations as grave and alarming. >> france condemns in the strongest terms the massacre in damascus and demands an immediate investigation. >> there is no excuse for the syrian regime not to provide access to the area and for the united nations team in damascus now to assess the use of chemical weapons, so we are pursuing this with our partners at the security council. >> ministers to discuss their response to the spiraling conflict in egypt. they condemned the ongoing violence but opted to keep all channels of communication open. they decided not
article. it's called "the thin red line," it refers to the president's foreign policy. in it you say, there's a quote, in foreign affairs, regarding obama, he seems risk averse at using force and even diplomacy. there are no big diplomacy initiatives. there is little peace effort in the middle east. we used to have a whole part of our foreign policy we called the america the peacemaker. we don't do that anymore. do you still believe there's not a big peace objective when it comes to this administration? >> no, i don't think there will be a large peace initiative in syria. the situation that the president faces is that he threatened the leader of syria bashar assad not to use chemical weapons. said that that would cross a red line. assad didn't believe him. he used chemical weapons several months ago. and now he's used chemical weapons again. so president obama is taking what i think may be called the minimum necessary course of action here, which is to respond in a punitive way, and probably not in a large way, but rather to attack a set of targets associated with perhaps the launchi
nations are ready to help egypt if the eu suspension goes ahead. eu foreign policy chief ashton said she is prepared to play a role and visited cairo twice last month. investors are skimming through the latest release by the u.s. central bank looking for clues on when quantitative easing will wind down. we have more on that from our business desk. you have been reading through the document. did investors find what they were looking for? are. >> yes and no. the tapering could start by the end of this year. they gave no mention of a specific month. minutes of the u.s. federal reserve's last meeting gave no hint of when the bank will scale down bond-buying program. the fed released the minutes of the meeting that ended on july 31st on wednesday. they show most members of the policy board want the current $85 billion purchases to continue. they stress that recovery in the job market has been more gradual than predicted. most members also agreed with fed chairman ben bernanke's view of the program to scale back the amount of purchases by the end of the year, with the possibility of ending the
if the eu suspension goes ahead. eu foreign policy chief catherine ashton said she's prepared to play a mediating role, but ashton has failed so far to end the violence despite visiting cairo twice last month. >>> a chinese communist party boss is set to go on trial within hours in the most politically charged case in decades. bo xilai faces charges of embezzlement and abuse of pow oer. he allegedly earned about $4 million in public money. his wife was convicted of killing a british businessman. and he got caught up in a number of other scandals. in september, communist leade expell himrom the party. bo was one of the so-called princelings, children of senior party officials. he was widely expected to join the standing committee of the politburo until his downfall. still he remains popular among some party officials and the people he served. security is tight around the court in the eastern city of zinnen. they have cleared room for the many fourn journalists who want to cover the trial. zi gin ping has cracked down on corruption rampant among party officials. >>> a bus carrying a gro
. people are more upset over this than some of the foreign policy snafus of the recent past. that is a serious question. >> it was actually a statement. do you want to talk about egypt? >> i am saying we live in a culture where that stuff is less interesting. >> you can be interested in both. >> no, no. >> not really. >> i'm sure your guys are following what is happening in syria. >> answer the question. answer the question. i forgot what it was, but answer it. >> you know, i love ben afflec because he is from massachusetts and i am too. but he is french canadian. they are horrible and bad stuff is happening in the world. >> bill, you were dishing for the last superman movie as lois lane. why didn't you get the part? >> how much times do i have to tell you that he likes to joke and fly a little bit. it is a big deal. i don't like the complaining. first of all let's go back to the first batman, michael keaton. what was everybody saying? mr. mom? this sucks. what about the joker with heath ledger. "broke back mountain" he sucks. so if people are upset about ben affleck then ma
on a new foreign policy with the hope of having ties with the country because it's critical to pakistan's stability and pakistan said it wants it to be owned and led. >> reporter: thank you and we are joined from islamabad. now, egypt's muslim party agreed to join a committee appointed by the interim government to write a new constitution and hundreds of people have been protesting against resent crack downs on antimilitary protests. this was the scene after the start of the overnight curfew in alexandria and protesters were calling to the end of military-led rule and this took place west of alexandria and also demonstrations in northern sinai and beni. they arrested more people from the muslim brotherhood and the minister of youth and sports and aids of the spiritual leader. many families are worried about relatives detained during the resent protests and we went to meet some of them in the capital cairo. >> the damage at the main site of the muslim brotherhood's protest is being cleaned up by the army and the crack down of supporters of the president morsi killed hundreds of people a
a statement which many foreign policy experts believe signal it was united states is now willing to use military action in response to what's now believed to be syrian government using chemical weapons. nbc steve handelsman has more. >> a dramatic change of tone. secretary of state john kerry angrily asserted the syrian government used chemical weapons. >> it's inexcusable and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. >> reporter: ker riff said he watched the unverified video one for gut-wraenching time. >> as a father i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead k450ish8d wailing as chaos swirled around him. >> reporter: he indicated the syrian government will pay. >> president obama believe there is must be accountability for those who would eyes the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: president obama kept to his schedule awarding a medal of honor and every indication says he'll order u.s. military action against sear you. options are sending in u.s. fighters or yierzing
, and they are failing under obama. >> hilary is a foreign policy professor at american university, and kurt, executive director of the mccain intins ought to for international leadership. thanks so you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> that is it for the team in washington, d.c., and for me david shuster for now. you can keep the debate going by logging on to our facebook page or you can reach the directly. thanks for watching. we'll see you tomorrow. ♪
to that was this foreign policy magazine report saying that the united states had intelligence on phone calls that took place between the generals in syria on wednesday of last week, about the actual launch moment, and that there was a frantic communication between generals in syria, trying to determine how it even got launched. that would mean it came from the government and not some outside source. >> david jackson joining us live from beirut. that was the information i was referring to, which seems to be contrary to what the syrian ambassador said moments ago. we go live now to philip in london. >> dell, it is thought that basically what the british are trying to do is gain worldwide support, domestic support here within the united kingdom, and parliamentary support. importantly, apparently the british foreign secretary, foreign minister, william hague has just come out with a statement regarding the resolution, saying it is time for the un to live up to its responsibility to syria, something it has failed to do in the last two and a half years. and he fully expected that resolution to be vetoed by
of foreign relations and foreign policy planning official under secretary of state colin powell. you probably heard our reporters talking about the latest developments. given the latest, how likely do you view outside military action in syria at this point? >> well, the momentum has slowed somewhat since a couple of days ago, when secretary kerry described what he called the abseenty of the mossive human rights violation with the use of chemical weapons. the united states has no desire to go alone and prime minister david cameron has promised a parliamentary vote on the use of force on next tuesday and they'll wait for the outcome of the chemical weapons inspectors. however, i think that it's still very much in the cards the united states is going to put together a coalition of the possible and launch limited but powerful strikes against military elements of the assad regime. >> mr. patrick, what kind of behind the scenes diplomacy is going on now to figure this all out. is there intelligence sharing going on, for example? >> absolutely. certainly there is always intelligence sharing between
reason that the president's foreign policy is so incoherent and iffective that members of his own administration seem uninformed. today state department news conference on syria and so-called red lines featured as a shocking contradiction from spokesperson jan psyche. take a lesson. >> the red line is the use of chemical weapons. that was crossed a couple of months ago. the president took action, which we talked at the time. lou: confident in her assessment that syria had already crossed that red line and that the obama administration has responded until a few moments later when she offered up ts blatant contradiction. >> we still believe that they don'tthave the capability to use chemical weapons. that has not changed. again,e're looking into the facts on the ground. there is no reason if there is nothing to hide for the regime not to let the investigative team and. lou: what is going on? the state department does not seem to know either way. thankfully president obama announced after that he has directed intelligence agencies to find out what is happened again. administration so
as they are going now, he will do a standoff strike. but the net result for american foreign policy and for that matter for the syrian people i think will turp out to be more bad than good, jaime. >> i imagine our troops and their families are keeping a close eye on this with concern. general, always an honor and privilege to have you with us. >> thank you, jaime. >> have a great day, sir. eric? >> jaime, there are some new fears this morning that that massive wildfire burning in yosemite national park, well the fire could actually threaten san francisco's water and power supply even though that city is 150 miles away. california's governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency for san francisco with just about 7% of the fire contained. it has been tearing through some of the most beautiful natural landscape in our nation. firefighters battling the raging fires and scrambling also to try and save thousands of homes. for the very latest let's go to dominic who joins us with an update. dominic, overnight the fire grew. what can you tell us? >> yes, it grew very large overnight
gohmert is the voice of truth about american foreign policy. specifically egyptians who believe the u.s. and the muslim brotherhood have gone in cahoots to destroy egypt. now, no one really knows the origin of this theory. many people point to a clip of gohmert on the house floor in march of last year in which he equates giving $1.5 billion in aid to the morsi government, support for terrorists. >> this administration through secretary hillary clinton is going to announce that it could care less what congress has ordered about helping the enemies of israel, about helping those who are terrorizing and persecuting christians in egypt. they're going to get aid, not food, military aid. >> despite the fact most of the money, $1.2 million, in fact, goes to the egyptian military and none goes to the brotherhood, the idea the obama administration partnered with the muslim brotherhood has spread across egypt. look at this speech making the rounds in cairo. according to google translate, called congressman exposes obama's support for the muslim brotherhood. >> this administration through secret
often mocked the foreign policy of president george w. bush. but as president himself, obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy folies and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarssing consequences.% . former egyptian president hosni mubarak, president obama helped force him from power more than two years ago, today was ordered to be released from prison by an egyptian court. to be released within 48 hours. mubarak's release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. it
mocks the foreign policy of president george w. bush. as president himself obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy flies. and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarrassing consequences. former egyptian president, president obama held for some from power more than two years ago. to the was ordered to be released from prison. he is to be released within 48 hours. his release is another slap in the
, august 26th welcome to "morning joe." >> what was that. >> we have richard haas author of "foreign policy begins at home". >> t.j. wants to know what you think about that? >> yeah. >> white house correspondent for bloomberg news and bloomberg tv juliana goldman, welcome. >> we're sorry that it started that way. >> the way it starts. >> wearing blinds already. >> exactly. >> and in washington, senior political editor and white house correspondent for "the huffington post" sam stein. >> who is actually was going to be there, but not old enough yet. next year. sam stein. >> he got carded. >> i wouldn't make a joke of it actually. i think that was really, really disturbing. that young lady who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, eating disorder and i don't think anybody should have put her on stage. that was disgusting and embarrassing. >> i've been around the track a few times, i have two older boys. >> they don't think that's attractive, miley. >> so anyway -- >> nobody does, actually. >> if i could finish what i'm going to say. >> sorry. >>
of years. it comes back to the return of pew tone presidency. you have have seen his foreign policy sproach shaped by his perception of what is going on domestically. with the large demonstration putin became a bit unsure where the constituency was. the polls show he's still the most popular person by far in russia. but the polls show that most russians don't want to see him run again in 2018. it seems to me that from about the end you have seen this greater sense of antiamericannism in russia, which has been encouraged bit kremlin and used by the kremlin. the notion that having the united states as a potential adversary out there a rallying point that putin used to secure and build domestic support primarily with the constituencies, i think. it's done in the context putin probably concluded for the most part he lost the middle class in moscow. he's looking to the more conservative constituency. american americanism has still presence. >> it has no cost for him in term of foreign poem. is he worried about any foreign policy issues that come up? the united states would be useful for those. >
about the morality or efficacy or legitimacy of our foreign policy is bizarre but that is a system that liberals have been championing for a very, very long time including barack obama and the double-standards here are, you know, are just so daunting for the president, given what he had said about, you know, foreign policy when he was a candidate. that he is now going back on all of it and he is in a real pickle. alisyn: well, that is exactly right. so why would the president act unilaterally? just politically speaking, politically speaking, given his position in the past and given what he stands for, he says, why not then, you know, at least make the effort and go through the security council, even though everyone knows that russia and china wouldn't be on board? doesn't politically speaking he have to do that? >> i don't think he has to because liberals and antiwar movement will not be as tough on barack obama as they were on george w. bush. look, behind every double-standard is a single standard and the single standard that we're operating under is simply that democratic preside
't like to act on foreign policy measures. he gives the impression that he likes to sit back and see if things will fall themselves on their own, other than when he decided to go right into libya. but remember, he had nato support for that. it's almost as if he wishes he could get his word back last year when he said syria crossed the red line. because then he did nothing. now it looks as if they've really crossed the red line and the president still is holding out, just last night he it made it seem like he's not going to act today. >> peter: it is a huge predicament for the president. principle versus politics. we know what he said in the past about our incursion in war in iraq. there was no evidence. there was no rationale. there was no real partnership. now great britain is stepping away from us for the moment. the white house is not sure on the specific evidence other than what eric was just talking about. there is no congressional approval. he doesn't intend to seek congressional approval. he's facing criticism on the left and on the right in terms of this incursion now into a
. >> on wednesday, the white house rolled out a revamp foreign policy website. it was filled with aspirational quotes that only underline a stark contrast between what the president promised in the middle east and his policy now. in the most forward leaning remark, he made during the height of the arab spring. at the state department in may of 2011. quote, we have the chance to show america values the dignity of the street vendor in tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator. there must be no doubt that the united states of america welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity. of course he continued in that speech, saying this -- >> after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be. >> the soaring rhetoric then is in sharp contrast to today's situation. here's the problem for the president. while there's general agreement there's a washington paralysis on what to do in both egypt and syria, there's no consensus about what actually to do. that's because there are no good options. to you side with the muslim
enjoy lobbying a a -- the white house is facing criticism for muddled foreign policy and a noncommittal response to events unfolding in egypt and syria. and the international events have nothing to surveillance stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if yo
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